Do i smell a loser? only a loser will give up
you will never win a fight if you give up that quick.
1st thing first TALL tank are crap
Go with a 20 Long way better.
cloudy water mean one thing and one thing only ... bacterial bloom. bacterial bloom happen 90% of the time for newly set up tank, sometime can go on for days to week.
A good way to stop it is water change and check the live stock(fish). Overstock a newly setup will work to fast for all the magic to happen in a newly setup.
algae is another thing that will show up on a newly setup tank, brown algae is the most known algae that will show up.
here a list of things i will do for a new setup.
Filter is the most important thing.
type of filter I recommend
dont care much what brand as long it work.
jebo 100watt heater - $13 Shipped (the one i used)
without cap ill do ECO all day long.
with cap ill do top soil MTS with Sand cap.
20H is a tall tank, go with plant that grow tall.
A.S grow fast and one of the hardy sword.
some nana and fern for mid-ground tie onto wood or rock.
you want low tech, so go with a T5NO 1 bulb will give you low-light
you want a group of 6 to start.
RN, CT, CB are all good starter fish.
buy from petsmart, try to get them during the $1 per fish season.
If it die, return it... what is there to lose?
I don't cycle my tank before i add fish... in other words people will call it fish cycle.
but I also overstock on the 2nd day the tank is setup so cant really say. This doesnt mean copy me ^^ i been doing this for yrs and yrs.
keep up with 25-50% water change every week or 5gallon water change per day. use a 5gallon bucket
in a week or 3 your tank should be cycle.